afriske

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  1. Hi Candace, this is kind of a yoga question, but not related to the practice itself. Hopefully it's okay to post here. I was just wondering what you think about the judgment people make of "white girls getting yoga tattoos." Yoga has been extremely valuable in my life and I would like to get an "om" symbol tattoo. I know that people will judge me no matter what I do or what tattoo I get, but I still wonder whether or not you get heat from people for your tattoos or if you know anyone else who has yoga tattoos that get bothered by the yoga community? Do you know if this is something traditional yogis despise about Western yogis? Thanks.
  2. I'm in college, so I'm allowing myself to have my time drinking, lol. But I don't really drink often and I try to pamper my body afterwards. I don't imagine I will drink often once I graduate in May.
  3. I usually do poses that release tension in my hips and lower back. I've been trying to practice engaging my core while doing basic poses to prep my body for protecting my low back as I often have tension there because I'm not fully engaged.
  4. I have quite a few goals actually XD but yoga related is to get my front splits on both sides and hold a bound headstand with straight legs and possibly variations. Right now I can only do the one leg up. Since I've been using intermittent fasting lately, I always want to do fasted yoga in the morning on days that it's possible and do my own personal practice (in other words without a video) at least twice a week.
  5. I have two blocks. Like Larry said, inexpensive. I would consider myself to be more intermediate of a yogi (if I have to label), but I still use yoga blocks. They can be extremely useful for a lot of different postures, even advanced ones. For instance if you are super advanced and can get into splits and you want to try your oversplit, a block is a great resource. I also agree on the strap-you can get deeper into your stretches with a strap and it can make your flexibility improve more quickly
  6. I am 5'3" and have always had really small arms, but larger more toned legs. People used to call my arms "flimsy." After practicing yoga for almost three years consistently and increasing the intensity for my upper body (practicing more arm balances, headstands, etc), I don't think anyone would say that anymore (*pats self on back). I say this because, for me, the muscle definition is very noticeable. I now don't have to flex as much for my muscle to be noticeable (not large, but toned) and even though my arms are quite small, they are definitely more defined than they ever were before. I think yoga has been a big help for muscle definition all over my body, but in the arms it has been most noticeable.
  7. I'm glad we are all not alone in our struggles with figuring out where we are at as yogis. For the longest time I was so confused that I could do grasshopper pose, but I can't get into supported or tripod headstand. It still makes very little sense to me, but now I'm just enjoying my journey getting into headstand, and continuing to practice grasshopper and other arm balances. Thanks for sharing all your insights, everyone. We are all at our own places in yoga and that is a beautiful thing.
  8. I'm not really sure what your impression of "master yogi" is. I imagine it's being at complete peace with yourself and your practice and trusting the process? At least, that's how I would describe a "master yogi." I am not a master yogi so I don't have exact advice for how to get there. However, I think practicing consistently and learning the ins and outs of your body is a good place to begin. Knowing when to accept that you're not getting in a certain pose yet or when you need a gentler practice. I would also read up on the eight limbs of yoga, as the practice is definitely more than just the asanas.
  9. I personally think sweating feels amazing. I don't usually do hot yoga or Bikram, but I do work up a sweat in my own practice and it feels great. I just make sure to drink more water to make up for the lost fluids.
  10. I'm not yet a therapist, (one day!) but I think maybe helping her return to the present moment. I agree private lessons may work because you can help engage her in meditation and centering individually. Obviously it would be best for her to find another therapist so she could supplement her therapy with the yoga practice. That's what I do myself. I would encourage her to do that! But I also think you can be helpful if you feel up to it! Yoga is such a healing practice, it makes sense that this trauma keeps coming up for her in the release of savasana.
  11. I try to get a fair amount of complex carbs in an hour and a half before my practice. Like if I have a bowl of oatmeal, that is ideal. I also make sure I have enough water like an hour/half an hour before my practice.
  12. More commonly I've dealt with a kind of "spiritual" drought. Sometimes I get too focused on yoga being my workout and I forget the whole reason I do it in the first place. To fix that I kind of engage in a different style. I watch a different teacher, meditate more, or do more restorative based yoga. This might help you get back into it as well, I'm not sure. Maybe also take a look at social media if you find that to be an inspiration to you. You can look at instagram and youtube videos if that usually inspires you to keep practicing! I find that that often works for me!
  13. I'm not a psychologist (yet!) or a doctor, but perhaps some mindfulness meditations would help, because it helps you stay focused in the present moment. You could focus on observing something in your environment or observing your breath. I think also maybe some balancing practices might be useful because they help you stay grounded and centered in the moment. Maybe try Candace's blindfolded practice?
  14. Cool thanks for sharing!
  15. Welcome to the forum!
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  17. Welcome!
  18. As I recent vegan, I feel that it aligns with the philosophy of yoga in many ways (ahimsa and all that). So for me it works, especially because it's cleaner and healthier. I just feel much better doing less harm to animals and the environment. But I don't think it's good to force it upon everyone or force it upon yourself. I don't think that's sustainable or healthy. So basically I think any diet can work for a yogi, as long as it is healthy. In yoga we are taught to take care of ourselves. And what we put in our bodies is no exception.
  19. Maybe check out some other beginner's flows. Look at Candace's videos to see if they're suitable for beginners. I would also try doing some videos by Yoga with Adriene and Lesley Fightmaster. Lesley also recently did a 30 day beginner's yoga challenge!
  20. Thinking about how much yoga has helped me as well as others makes me realize how much I want to be a teacher to share this with everyone!
  21. Welcome! I hope you can decide what's best for you! Of course, I'd always say that continuing yoga is the way to go, but maybe dividing the time betwene both resistance training and yoga or doing restorative yoga instead of something more strenuous might help. You could always decrease the amount you do one or the other and see how you feel.
  22. Welcome!
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  24. Welcome! Feel free to ask the forum any questions you have, there are a lot of helpful people on here!
  25. I would love to see more men doing yoga! That would be so exciting. It's the same as seeing a woman doing something that is normally considered "for men." It's just cool when yoga spreads and when we get more variety and uniqueness in ability in class. And I was no where close to being flexible when I first started yoga, and I'm a woman. Remember there are also some natural disadvantages to being a woman as well, so don't worry. Luckily in yoga, "practice and all is coming"